This year has been a good year for me growing beetroot and carrots, so I made this salad. I think you could also add other root vegetables, for example celeriac. I also thought about adding pumpkin seeds for a bit of crunch.
- Around 600g of root vegetables, for example carrots and beetroot
- 1 red onion or 2 shallots
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- mixture of chopped herbs – parsley, mint, coriander leaves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Peel and grate the vegetables on a coarse setting, and mix in a bowl
- Finely chop the onion, and mix them with the grated vegetables
- Toast the cumin seeds for about a minute and add to the vegetables
- Chop the herbs and add them to the vegetables
- Mix the salt, olive oil, lemon juice and pour over the vegetables. Let the mixture sit for around half an hour before serving.
This is good with a sharp cheese.
The last celeriac from the garden, I sewed some more seed for next winter/spring. I roasted it with orange juice and carrots. It was really good. The seeds are tiny, for such a robust vegetable.
- 1 medium celeriac, peeled and cut into chunks about 1 by 1 by 2 centimetres
- 2 medium carrots, peeled, split lengthways and cut into chunks about 2 centimetres long
- 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
- 10 cloves of garlic
- Grated rind and juice of one large orange
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1/4 tsp grated black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- Fresh dill to garnish.
- Set the oven to 180C
- In a large roasting dish, put all the ingredients except the dill, and stir to mix
- Roast the vegetables for 40 minutes, stirring a couple of times during the cooking.
- Mix in the chopped dill before serving.
You could make this into a pie, a stew, or a steamed pudding. I added dumplings, rather than going out to buy potatoes. The venison came from Storas Uibhist. You can get this locally by visiting Eat Drink Hebrides.
For the stew:
- 500g venison, cubed
- 1 large onion
- 1 small celeriac
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp dried marjoram
- 1 bayleaf
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 150ml guiness
- 100ml stock
- salt and pepper
For the dumplings:
- 125g self-raising flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 50g shredded suet
- 1/2 tsp mixed herbs
- 3-4 tbsp cold water
- Chop the onion finely, peel and dice the celeriac. Heat the oil in a heavy casserole pan and fry the vegetables until they are just beginning to brown.
- Add the herbs and the meat, and fry until the meat is browned.
- Sprinkle in the cornflour, stir, and then slowly add the Guinness and stock. Bring to a simmer, and then season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Put the lid on the casserole dish and put it in the oven at 140C for an hour and a half – then add the dumplings.
- Make the dumplings so that you can add them to the stew for the final cooking time.
- Mix the flour, salt, herbs and suet in a bowl and then add the water to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface, and cut into 8 bits. Roll each dumpling into a ball, coating with a little flour.
- Drop the dumplings into the stew, and return to the oven at 200C for a further 20 minutes.
If you are going to make the stew into a pudding, make a suet pastry using 110g self-raising flour, 110g fresh white breadcrumbs, 110g suet, a pinch of salt and approx 140ml cold water. Line a greased pudding bowl with 3/4 of the pastry, fill with the stew, cap with the rest of the pastry, and steam for 2 hours.
So easy. Serve with anything. Ottolenghi SIMPLE. I grew the celeriac.
- 1 large celeriac, scrubbed clean and hairy roots removed.
- 50 ml olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp crushed coriander seed
- 1 lemon in wedges
- Preheat the oven to 170C
- Pierce the celeriac all over with a sharp knife. Rub with the oil, season with the salt and coriander and put it in a small baking dish.
- Roast for around 2 1/2 hours, basting with olive oil if required.
- To serve, cut into wedges and serve with lemon, a sprinkle of salt, a drizzle of olive oil.
This has its roots in Delia Smith’s vegetarian cook book. Some of the recipes have lasted with me, and it is a book I dip back to regularly. It is a good way to use all of the celery that gets left from other recipes that only use one or two stalks.
- 450g approx of celery stalks
- 550g approx of celeriac, peeled and chopped
- 1 onion, peeled
- 1.5 litres of marigold stock
- 3 bayleaves
- salt and pepper
- creme fraiche or greek yoghurt, chopped herbs to serve.
- Preheat the oven to 140C gas mark 1
- Use a peeler or sharp knife to remove any stringy sections from the outside of the celery stalks. Cut into large chunks.
- Peel and chop the celeriac, and cut the onion into large wedges.
- Put all of the ingredients into a large casserole dish with the stock, bayleaves, salt and pepper. Bring it to a simmer on the hob, cover, and transfer to the oven.
- Leave to cook in the oven for three hours.
- Remove the bayleaves, and blend using a soup wand,
- Serve with a swirl of creme fraiche, and chopped herbs. Parsley or chopped celery leaves work well, so do chive flowers, the colour contrast is so beautiful.
I’ve been playing with this recipe for about a month, which means we have been eating various versions of it every few days. It is quite delicious, and it is easy to adapt to what you have available.
- 400 to 500g new potatoes, chopped into bite-size chunks (Jersey Royals work well, one bag full)
- 5 cloves garlic, skin-on, lightly squished
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt, and ground black pepper to taste
- 200g green beans, halved (one pack is usually between 140 and 250g – one pack will do)
- 1/2 celeriac, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks (optional)
- 225g halloumi, cut into 2cm cubes (one pack)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (equally delicious with lime juice)
- 1 tsp cumin or caraway seed (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C+fan/gas 6.
- Put the potatoes and celeriac in a large roasting tray with the garlic, add the olive oil, salt and pepper, the cumin or caraway seed, and mix well. Cook for 30 minutes in the oven.
- Remove from the oven, add the beans and halloumi and toss to combine. Return the tray to the oven for 15 mins until the beans are tender and the cheese is starting to caramelise.
- Add a generous squeeze of lemon juice and toss everything again, then transfer to a serving dish.
This is really good cold the next day as well. You could serve it as a side-dish, a starter or as a light lunch.
This is good with sausage and game stew.
- 1 large celeriac, approx 1 lb
- Equal weight of potatoes
- 150ml milk
- 50g butter
- Salt and pepper
- Peel and chop the celeriac, and boil until tender
- Meanwhile, peel and chop the potato, and boil in a separate pan until cooked
- Warm the milk, butter, salt and pepper until the butter has melted
- Purée the celeriac with the milk and butter
- Add the purée to the cooked potato and mash with a potato masher (don’t try to purée the potato)
I’ve seen similar recipes elsewhere, using cream or créme fraiche, which I am sure would be delicious as well.
Courtesy of a greylag goose culler, we had goose in the freezer.
- 2 goose breasts cut into 3cm chunks
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup of good red wine
- 2 leeks
- 1 pint of marigold stock
- 1 small celeriac, diced
- 1 bayleaf
- salt and pepper
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp flour
- Set the oven to 150C
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet or frying pan, and fry off the onions, leeks and garlic until they are nearly browning, and soft. Transfer to a casserole dish.
- Fry off the goose in the same oil and transfer to a casserole dish.
- Stir the flour into the remaining oil, heat through, and then slowly add the wine and the stock to make a sauce, and then add to the casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the celeriac and bayleaf, and mix together. Put the covered casserole dish in the oven and cook until tender. Goose is variable in toughness, so check at intervals to see how it is going – could be an hour or two.
Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable, such as kale tops.
You could add fried mushrooms to this. Or truffle oil. Very good.